Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, a two-time All-American and a four-time NBA All-Star during his playing days, is returning to his alma mater.
Hardaway, 47, was named University of Memphis men’s basketball coach in a March 20 press conference at the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on the Park Avenue Campus. Hardaway becomes the school’s 19th coach and the third former Tiger player in the modern era (since WWII) to lead the program, following Wayne Yates (1974-79) and Larry Finch (1986-97).
Hardaway, who played for Finch, begins his first job as a college head coach after a successful run at East High School. East High won state titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. With Hardaway serving as head coach, the Mustangs defeated Whitehaven High for the 2018 Class AAA championship.
“This is truly a blessing,” Hardaway said. “I’m ready to get the team back to the glory days.”